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Kingsport police: Father arrested after child nearly hit by vehicle

Rain Smith, NET News Service • Nov 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man has been arrested after his three young children were allegedly found wandering their neighborhood unattended: one with no shirt, another nearly hit by a car, and all three telling neighbors they were hungry.Vincent S. Cole, 43, 1638 Vance St., was charged with three counts of child abuse and neglect. According to an affidavit filed in Kingsport general sessions court, a neighbor called police to Vance Street at approximately 3:45 Friday afternoon.The three boys, who are identified by police as 1, 3 and 5 years old, reportedly went to the man's house and said their father was, "passed out on the couch." That neighbor took the children to another nearby home, where the boys allegedly told the resident that they were hungry.

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